really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,182 miles

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2004 Dodge Stratus seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 222018


  • 179,171 miles


Driving on a 35 mph road going across the cross road got hit by a truck doing about 70 mph. Hit on the passenger side front bumper to the back edge truck F the front passenger tire. Put into a spin then was hit in the rear passenger tire and bumper. No air bags came out with massive trauma to both myself as driver and my passenger. Police, ambulance and doctors asked why the air bags did not expand. If the air bags would of worked less injuries would of happened. We had just stopped at a stop sign and proceeded to cross the road at like about 15 mph when hit.

- Lombard, IL, USA

problem #9

May 292017


  • 153,597 miles
I was driving down the street and I parked at a friend's house. Me and him were talking and without warning the driver side airbag went off. No one was touching the car and I was not touching the steering wheel. I don't know what triggered the airbag to go off. And I'm glad I wasn't on the road when it happened.

- Morgan, MN, USA

problem #8

Jul 102015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V338000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- York, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 242015

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 165,056 miles


Hit a car doing 85 mph ripping off my front bumper an side panal on passsenger side along wit headlite assembly an grill air bag did not deploy.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #6

Sep 162014


  • 127,000 miles
I was following a semi when he missed his turn and slammed on the brakes. I didn't have enough time to stop and I hit the back end of the trailer. Half of the front end of my car went right under the trailer and my car was totaled. On impact, my airbags didn't deploy and my face hit the steering wheel which caused bruising and severe pain.

- Lomira, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 212007

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
At 28,000 miles the airbag light came on. The dealer said it was a seat belt retractor. They replaced it. I have had the air bag light come on every few months. They have replaced seat belt components and messed with the connectors. I have had it in 5 times now.

- Altoona, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 252007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle crashed into a pole. The front midsection of the vehicle was damaged. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver was wearing a seat belt, but suffered injuries to her face and back. The vehicle was towed and determined to be destroyed. A police report was filed. The engine size, number of cylinders, and a valid VIN were unknown. The contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 87,000.

- Centerville , IN, USA

problem #3

Jul 252006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
: the contact stated that the driver's side seatbelt caught on fire twice and the passenger side air bag deployed. During each incident the air bag light illuminated on the dash. On the first incident the dealership determined there was an electrical short in the airbag module and in the left and right front squids. The seat belt tensioner was determined to be faulty. The dealership replaced the air bag module and the air bag. The seat belt tensioner was repaired. The second incident resulted in injuries to the passenger of the vehicle. The air bag module was determined defective and the driver's side seatbelt retractor was faulty. The dealership replaced the air bag module, the air bag and the seat belt retractor. The seat belt is malfunctioning again. The air bag light is illuminated on the dash of the vehicle.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 222006

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 45mph with steady brake pressure applied, the ABS brakes locked up resulting in a rear end collision. Upon impact, the vehicle rolled over and slid into a telephone pole coming to a final stop on its side. The airbags did not deploy. Although the contact was wearing a seatbelt, no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was totaled due to the extensive damage. The police were on the scene and a report was taken. The insurance adjustor, as well as a factory representative, inspected the vehicle and determined the airbags should have deployed. The vehicle is a 2004 Dodge srt4.

- Hamburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 172006

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
: the contact stated while starting the vehicle the airbag light illuminated without any prior problems. Called Chrysler dealer, who stated problem could be serious, not knowing which sensor malfunctioned. The air bag could deploy while driving without an accident. The mechanic at the dealer showed concern and initially wanted to help, but after finding out that the vehicle had 70,000 miles on it, he indicated there were too many miles past the warranty, and the dealer would not cover it. The contact insisted that it was a safety issue and that mileage had nothing to do with it. However, dealer refused to fix it.

- Columbiaville, MI, USA

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